News for Friday, October 31, 2008


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A safe haven for all Project ReNeWal opens shelter for the pets of abused women

CONYERS - Family pets are many times the forgotten victims of domestic violence and are often used as pawns by an abuser to leverage control over the household. When a victim flees a violent situation, animals are frequently left behind.

A little pumpkin picking

Piedmont Academy K3 and K4 students recently visited the Pumpkin Patch at the First United Methodist Church in Covington. The students had their faces painted, played games, listened to a story about a little pumpkin and were able to choose a pumpkin to keep. Students traveling to the Pumpkin Patch included Brody Anderson, David Bishop, Harris Brady, Payton Camp, Jacob Carter, Kaitlyn Harvey, Mark Hicks, Bonny Holifield, Katie Mathews, Ragan McMichael, Brianna Mitchell, Dylan Pitts, Fleming Sealy, Candler Smith, Hannah Tyler, Dalton Wallace, Jayce Wood, Abigail Arnold, Tanner Beam, Morgan Currie, Ben Etheredge, Buddy Foster, Carson Hammock, AJ Mauro, Emily McEwen, Harley McGee, Dakota Mosley, Mason Owens, Savannah Stanton, and Reed Wilborn. K3 and K4 teachers are Tara Pope, Gayle Smith, Mary Ramsdell and Amy Owens.

New radio system goes 'beyond expectations'

COVINGTON - Public safety in Newton County got a big boost a few weeks ago, when a new digital radio network came online.

DNR reminds of dangers with illegal night hunting

COVINGTON - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources would like for folks to remember that even though it's deer season, it's against the law to hunt at night.

Oak Hill names students of the month

Oak Hill Elementary School has named its Students of the Month for September.

Fun for people and pooches

NHS group presents Kathy Cox with basket

During a special visit to the school a few weeks ago, Newton High School student DeOndre Robinson, who is the Career and Technical Instruction program's state officer for region seven, presents state school Superintendent Cathy Cox with a gift basket from the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program. The basket is filled with items from each of the career tech programs at Newton High School.

Covington crew earns safety award

COVINGTON - The city of Covington's Water and Sewer Construction Department has been honored for an excellent safety record for the 12th consecutive year.

Cousins Middle students of the month

Cousins Middle School has named its Students of the Month for September.


Lauren Elizabeth and Steven Shane Cook were married June 14 at Lambert Place in Atlanta. Bill Coble and Daniel J. Cook officiated the double ring ceremony.

Rockdale Blotter 10/31/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Oct. 21 and Monday:

Announcements 10/31/2008


10-31-2008 Police Blotter

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Oct. 21 and Monday:

Community Calendar 10/31/2008



Joseph and Holly Bruce of Cumming announce the engagement of their daughter, Candice Betty Bruce, to Eric Rhoads Burger, son of Diane Burger of Conyers and Ronald Burger of Tallahassee, Fla.

Lady Eagles earn trip to state meet

ATHENS - The Eastside girls cross country team is headed for the Class AAA state meet in Carrolton after finishing fourth in the Region 8-AAA meet on Thursday at Athens Academy.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edward Harbeson of Thomson announce the engagement of their daughter, Rosemary Claire, to Mr. Joe Stewart McElhannon of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart McElhannon III of Conyers.


Mr. and Mrs. Stanley and Susan Lines announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Adrian, to Michael Winston Schuier of Conyers, son of Carol and the late Dr. John Schuier of Conyers.

Newton Blotter 10/31/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:

Darrell Huckaby - Election Day brings return to normal life

I don't know about you but I, for one, will be glad when this whole election process is over, no matter who wins. I remember when elections kicked off on the Fourth of July and didn't get really cranked up until Labor Day. This one has been going on forever - or so it seems - and I am just worn out from all the mudslinging and computer generated phone calls and television commercials. I am especially tired of all the television commercials. But I've been paying so much attention to the election that I'm not sure how I will spend my time when it is over.

Heritage boys chase title at Region 8-AAAA meet

CONYERS - The Heritage cross country teams have built a tradition that no other local squads can match in any sport.

Rob Jenkins - Halloween important for adults, too

A lot of people have the wrong idea about Halloween: they seem to think it's mostly for kids. The truth is, it's as big a holiday for adults as Super Bowl Sunday or the "American Idol" finals.

Master motivators Elite coaches add spark to Georgia-Florida

ATHENS - Urban Meyer has always been a master motivator.

Club Meetings 10/31/2008


through a lens

Evocative graffiti adorns the wall of a former meat packing house in Atlanta. The complex of warehouses and buildings along Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard has been converted into retail space known as The Railyard. Depkin was immediately drawn to it, saying he particularly liked the way the light and shadows played upon the scene.

Bulldogs have scary task ahead Rockdale needs win to keep playoff hopes alive

CONYERS - As ghouls and goblins roam the neighborhoods tonight on Halloween, there will be plenty dressed as Bulldogs and Red Devils.

Lisa Earle McLeod - Is your day job killing your dreams?

Does everyone have a purpose? And what happens if you accidentally spend your life doing something else?

Eagles can clinch berth with victory

COVINGTON - Don't let Morgan County's 1-7 record fool you. Eastside is going to face a formable opponent when the teams collide at 7:30 p.m today in Madison.

Jack Simpson - God bless America

I'll be happy when Election Day has come and gone. Are you as tired as I am of all this political chatter? We have all heard so many speeches from all the candidates that we can almost tell in advance what each of them is going to say!